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Music Dept. to host ragtime concert Fri., Nov. 4

Music Dept. to host ragtime concert Fri., Nov. 4

NORFOLK, Neb. – The public is invited to Northeast Community College this Friday to hear music that was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The College’s Music Department will host the Dakota Ragtime Trio for an afternoon concert on Fri., Nov 4, at 2:30 p.m., in the Cox Activities Center Theatre on the Norfolk campus. 
The group consists of Dr. Karl Kolbeck, professor of woodwinds at Wayne State College (WSC) plays the clarinet, Dr. Josh Calkin, professor of low brass and director of bands at WSC, performs on the tuba, and Dr. Darin Wadley, professor of percussion studies at the University of South Dakota, plays the xylophone.

The Library of Congress reports that Ragtime is a genre of musical composition for the piano, generally in duple meter and containing a highly syncopated treble lead over a rhythmically steady bass. A ragtime composition is usually composed three or four contrasting sections or strains, each one being 16 or 32 measures in length. Scott Joplin was among the genre’s most popular composers. 

The Dakota Ragtime Trio concert is free.